Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach (paul@athleticbusiness.com) joined the Athletic Business staff in November 1999, and now holds the title of senior editor. His work covering college athletics and sports facility operation has garnered several regional and national journalism honors, including a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and currently resides with his children Jack and Libby in his hometown of West Bend, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys mowing patterns into his backyard ballpark — the naming rights to which are still available.
  • Friday, August, 23, 2019
    New Mexico Football Returns to Home Game Hotel Policy

    The University of New Mexico will return to putting up football team members in a hotel the night before home games in 2019, after the practice was suspended all of last season as a cost-saving measure.


  • Friday, August, 23, 2019
    Pac-12 Scraps 9 a.m. Kickoff Idea — For Now

    The Pac-12 won't be kicking off football games in the morning this season, but the idea is not off the table.


  • Friday, August, 23, 2019
    Did Modified Field Affect Packers' Preseason Approach?

    First-year Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wouldn't say for sure, but the fact that his starters suited up for Thursday's NFL preseason game with the Oakland Raiders and then sat down for its entirety is being blamed on field conditions at IG Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


  • Thursday, August, 22, 2019
    Judge: 'Plausible' Michigan State Buried Assault Claims

    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that it's "plausible" Michigan State University buried sexual assault claims brought against athletes and let its athletic department deal with those issues outside the normal university process.


  • Thursday, August, 22, 2019
    Maryland Fulfills Final Post-McNair Recommendation

    The University of Maryland indicated Wednesday that it has fulfilled the final recommendation from a panel of medical experts looking to improve the care of the school’s student-athletes after the June 2018 heatstroke death of football player Jordan McNair.


  • Wednesday, August, 21, 2019
    Former AD: ESPN Paid for Michigan Stadium Lights

    How did Michigan Stadium come to have permanent field lighting in 2010? Former University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon shed some light on the subject during an appearance this week on current football coach Jim Harbaugh's "Attack Each Day" podcast.


  • Wednesday, August, 21, 2019
    School to Conduct Stadium Evacuation Drill After Game

    Midland (Mich.) High School will stage an emergency preparedness evacuation drill at Midland Community Stadium immediately after the Chemics' season-opening football game Aug. 29 against Traverse City West.


  • Tuesday, August, 20, 2019
    Coach Resigns Amid Player Protests Over Methodology

    Player protests have led Maurice Belser to resign a mere seven weeks after his hire as head football coach and athletic director at Taylor County High School in Perry, Fla.


  • Tuesday, August, 20, 2019
    Resignation, Investigation Follows HS Ticket Skim

    Sources say a criminal investigation is underway into whether a former athletic department employee at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, lll., skimmed money from football game ticket sales over multiple years.


  • Friday, August, 16, 2019
    Town Huddles in Wake of Youth Football Player's Death

    Residents of Pittsburgh's Chartiers City neighborhood gathered Thursday, a day removed from the death of 13-year-old youth league football player Jordan Duckett.


  • Friday, January, 05, 2018
    AB Today 2017: Our Top 10 Stories of the Past Year

    Deregulation and legal action. Out-of-control training and recruiting practices. These were topics that drew much of our readers’ attention in 2017.  AB Today has compiled a list of the top stories that broke in this space over the past year. Here are the 10 that garnered the most page views, in ascending order:


  • Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
    AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando

    There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.


  • Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
    Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH

    Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2013
    Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.


  • Monday, December, 03, 2012
    Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.


  • Friday, August, 17, 2012
    Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back

    Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.


  • Sunday, January, 17, 2010
    Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.


  • Thursday, December, 10, 2009
    A Choice to Make

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."


  • Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
    Hit 'Em Straight

    When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.